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My Aunt is holding onto savings bonds my grandparents bought me. There’s a single word I’m looking for that means she’s holding them & won’t give them to me (I’m in my 40’s)

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  • Stealing? Embezzling?...You should include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word could be used. Oct 20 at 13:26
  • Are they legally yours or hers? (Unless it's in writing to the contrary, possession is 90% of the law.) Oct 20 at 14:02
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    Legally mine, in my name & it says my grandfather’s name as only other person that can cash them
    – Melissa F
    Oct 20 at 14:09
  • I believe the legal term is conversion, which means depriving someone of their full rights of ownership. But check with law.se . Hiding stuff from someone is a pretty classic example.
    – Phil Sweet
    Oct 20 at 20:05
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My aunt is withholding savings bonds that my grandparents bought for me.

withhold (v.)

To keep back; to keep in one's possession (what belongs to, is due to, or is desired by another); to refrain from giving, granting, or allowing. OED


Can it be possible that my brother is withholding my inheritance? Philippa Gregory; Three Sisters, Three Queens

You have my inheritance, which you are withholding from me. A. Oppenheimer and N. Oppenheimer; Between Rome and Babylon

You are impeding my lifestyle, my way of life. Withholding what is rightfully mine. Scott Wellinger; The Deposition

Withholding information means keeping secrets from or misrepresenting the facts to the public. The Princeton Review; MCAT

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You could use the word deprive (v.)

  1. to take something away from

e.g. deprived him of his professorship

  1. to withhold something from

e.g. deprived a citizen of her rights

Your Aunt is depriving you of the savings bond which is rightfully yours, as given by your grandmother.

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